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I've travelled coast-to-coast in the USA a couple of times, and would say that in rural areas it's pretty much equivalent to the UK. Both countries have random attacks, but in both countries it's so rare that it shouldn't affect how you conduct yourself, although of course you shouldn't go around deliberately antagonising people. There may well be some ...


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Likely that a not funny guy tried to be funny, saying something like 'Lazy bones' not knowing or not caring you would not understand. Ignore the kind of guy wherever you go. Unless the grass is clearly private property, or clearly grown for hay, you are alright taking a rest in it. Such a small strip between a cycle path and the railway fence is very ...


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From my experience of cycling in 10 US states (Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, North Dakota, Minnesota and Tennessee) and coming from Europe as well, I found that in general: Traffic is more relaxed than in Europe and many roads have a very wide shoulder. In general I found the cycling more pleasant than on similarly sized ...


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The bicycle riders have to be careful and wait if necessary. Here is a German newspaper article on the subject. The basis for the rule is § 20 of the German traffic regulations (StVO), whose first two paragraphs translate roughly to: (1) Busses, trams, and school busses, which stop at designated stopping points (sign number 224), may only be passed ...


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There are some very remote roads in northern Quebec. The James Bay Road (Route de la Baie James) is one option. Located in northeastern Canada, in the province of Quebec, the James Bay Road runs north from its beginning at Matagami to Radisson, 620 km (388 miles) away. It is a very remote road - there are no towns along the road (except at either end), and ...


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Surprisingly, it appears that the answer is YES, Google Maps does make a distinction between uphill and downhill. I routed out a couple of bicycle rides from my home (in Germany) to a city either 90 km away (with a 700 m climb) or 60 km away (with a 1000 m climb), depending on the route taken. I then reversed both routes. In both cases, Google Maps shows ...


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The Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys is open to cyclists. The Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail, a nearly-complete 106 mile (171 km) cycling path from Key West to Key Largo, and part of the East Coast Greenway which stretches to the Maine-Canada border, is routed over the bridge. (The bridge is actually 10.9 km or 6.8 miles long.)


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TL;DR: You can, possibly, in some places, but it may not be a great idea. Whether it is legal depends on the Bundesland (state) — to put it simply, the federal government has no authority in these matters, and each state put down their own rules. There are federal rules for entry into Germany, but these don't apply as you are already in the country. ...


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NB: when I wrote this answer, the question was less focussed on crime than it is now. Anywhere rural I've ever cycled¹, I felt safer than in rural England. Although you mention crime in your question, unless you intend to make some side-money smuggling stuff or people across the Mexican border or similar adventures, the risk of getting seriously hurt in ...


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Not a bridge or a tunnel, but as a bonus, consider the Afsluitdijk, a 32 km artificial enclosure dam and causeway connecting the Dutch provinces Noord-Holland and Friesland, separating IJsselmeer from Waddenzee. As a causeway, I'd argue it's somewhat similar to bridges and tunnels, in that it connects two landmasses otherwise separated by water. Enjoy ...


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No. Google Maps works a different way. Google Maps learns travel times by monitoring the pace of other riders. The Google Maps app "constantly" sends data about your location back to the Google servers. It knows you're on a bike, not driving, because you requested a bike route, and because your travel time is not an outlier from other people doing the ...


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In my experience long-distance cycling in the US countryside is very safe. I cycled rural MA, CT, NY, PA, OH, WV, MD, VA, NC and NJ. I felt safe crime-wise when cycling poverty-stricken places in the rust belt. The unsafe feeling starts when you roll into the cities. There are several things to consider, however. When you are following US (or state) bike ...


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A good contender should be Russian Р-297 Amur, from Chita to the Svobodnyi fork. It's 1400 km of road accompanied by Transsib, but it is barely inhabited and barely traversable. Maybe it got better in the last years, but it should be a worthy competitor for Brazilian rainforest roads all year around. There are derelict settlements here and there, still you ...


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For UK based routes (this is where I think you are, judging by your profile) you can use CycleStreets. It’s also available as an app on most phone platforms (Apple, Android, Windows Phone). Input your start and end points then when you get a route select the "Quietest Route" tab. That should give you either cycle paths or quieter roads.


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The fantastic Lakefront Trail would be a great choice, a paved path that extends for 18 miles along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. It runs from Ardmore on the North Side to 71st on the South Side. It's a very lively path (pedestrians have the right of way) and a great way to 'see' the city. Run, walk, bike or rollerblade with the blue waters of Lake ...


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I'd like to add: no, but almost. Here's how you do it: Take your bike to the railway station, fold it/disassemble it, and put it into a bag. Take the train to Rinkū-Town Station (りんくうタウン駅), which is just one stop away. Either the Nankai Airport Line (南海鉄道空港線) or the JR Kansai Airport Line (JR関西空港線) would work, but be sure not to take the Nankai Limited ...


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Cycle storage appears to be a local amenity, and not centrally managed by the railways. For instance, in the West Midlands, they are operated by Network West Midlands and you would rent one from them. Things are organized as a Bicycle Locker User Club (BLUC) with Transport for Greater Manchester locations. Local councils may also oversee storage facilities, ...


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At least for bikes it does (assuming the topographical information mentioned in the comment is available). I just checked with two cycling routes near my home, both 4,2km long according to Google, one almost flat, the other with a climb towards the end (obviously going downhill the other direction). Result: 4,2km almost flat but slightly downhill: 14min ...


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Before I answer you Before I answer your question, please read this advise as I did cycle through Patagonia and I can tell you this: The roads are not that easy, sometimes given the roads surface it was challenging doing 50 km in a day; When the roads were alright, then the weather was very very difficult. The wind blows strongly in the Argentinian side ...


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German traffic code gives transit passengers special priority, all traffic including bicycles may only pass the vehicle on the right at a walking pace and need to yield to passengers alighting or embarking. (From a detailed explanation this website [in German].)


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Summary: longer bike tours come with a lot of contacts. Almost all these can be avoided by doing short tours since you can take all your supplies with you for a day or two. This still leaves you 50 - 150 km x 360° from where you are in non-contact-mode. Long version: Being in "no contact, but go out and get some fresh air and sun on your own" Hesse the ...


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OK, you're at the stage where you have a ton of questions. I'm in a similar position about long distance walking actually, but that's a different story for another time. Firstly, I should probably plug our Bicycles.Stackexchange.com site. For the actual bicycle questions part of your trip, they're going to be a handy resource. One of the biggest cycling ...


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It does not get cold in Copenhagen in November. It has a maritime climate and the average daytime temperature in November is +7.1°C (24-hour average +5.1°C). The record low for November is -7°C, which is still no problem for cycling with a hat and gloves. You do not need any special bicycle or special outdoor gear apart from normal layers for a mild ...


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Most of the world's longest road tunnels are on express- or motorways, where cycling is prohibited anyway, independent of the tunnel. The longest road tunnel I could find, which is definitely open for bicyclists is the 8,079m long Steigen Tunnel in Norway. I would however also assume that bicycling is allowed in the 14,346m long Mount Ovit Tunnel in Turkey....


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If you in Germany ride a bicycle under influence of alcohol and your blood alcohol content is above 0.16% or the police deem you incapable of riding the bicycle without endangering others, the consequences are basically the same as if you had been driving a motorized vehicle. It is of no relevance that you were only riding 50-60m or that it was not your ...


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There are 2 different highway types in Switzerland, Autobahn and Autostrasse. Those are both limited to motorized vehicles that reach 80km/h. Autostrassen are limited to 100km/h, Autobahn 120km/h. Autostrassen are also often narrower and sometimes have only one lane per direction. The road 12/E27 you mention is such a "Autostrasse". There is a list of all ...


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This is definitely a good idea. Cycling in Amsterdam is such an experience and can be a bit stressful in rush hours in the city center; hence, riding it through the country side can be more pleasant. There are many companies renting bikes in Amsterdam. In general, the longer the opening hours and the more central the location, the more expensive they will ...


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Most people in the Netherlands think it is common to see two people on a single bike, and when kids are involved even three or more. The back rack has to be the sturdy kind but many or even most bikes in the city have that kind of strong rack. Dutch law used to have rules for how big the passenger may be in comparison to the rider, but that is seen as for ...


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There are some roads in northern Saskatchewan that would be in the same league as well. SK 905 from Sucker River to Points North Landing, SK is 433 km of gravel with no towns en route, although there is a small camp with an outfitter along the way where you could probably get fuel if you had an emergency (it isn't for general sale to the public though). No ...


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